It was the time of the year again when a group of students pack themselves with school gear from AV-kioski into a big bus from Matkahuolto and travel all the way (3 hours!) to Nauvo, located in the Turku Archipelago, where all the gear is unloaded and then packed again - this time onto a ferry - eventually reaching the beautiful Seili island.

The Seili island is mostly known for it's sad past as the hospital island for the lepracy patients and later on as a mental institute, dating back to the 1600s. Nowadays the old mental hospital facilities are operated by Turku University, hosting the Archipelago Research Institute. 

But lucky us, since we get to stay there for a whole week during the end of August! 
My first trip to Seili was a year ago in 2015, when the trip was open to everyone in Degree Programme in Media and Arts for the first time (as it previously had been only to the fine art students). I fell in love with the island, so I went again. I agreed to do a behind-the-scenes-type of a video in exchange, which you can watch below:





If I'm asked asked about the best part of the whole trip I might answer, well, it's the food. After that I'd say it's the fact that you get to work on any kind of project you want. This year we had a great example of working in groups with students from different study paths, as there was music production students with us for the first time. My personal project has been documentative photography, for which I have used my fellow students as models. 

The week in Seili peaks at the Seili Annual festival where everyone showcases their work, even the Seili staff have participated themselves! The locals who live on the island joined us again for a great evening, followed by the legendary Lepradisko.


This year's Seili group with Kari. 


During my last week in the amazing city of Berlin and within all the art and cultural happenings, I was pleased to meet with our head of Fine Art study path, Fanni Niemi-Junkola; presenting her new video work. The installation The Body and Protection consists of two video works Breath and Protection (2016). The artist is interested in presence, body and power & notions of freedom and safety.




The moment I received her invitation via Facebook I messaged her immediately and I asked if I can come in the pre-opening night due to my travelling back to Finland in the day of the opening 17.8.2016. She was very welcoming of the idea and invited me to the gallery.


The work itself was very intriguing and thought-provoking. The music was composed by Pekko Käppi – a master of ancient Finnish-Karelian bowed lyre - It added to the diverse layers of the work and supported the images. Cinematically the videos were carefully planned and pictorially impressive, that made it pleasing to watch.



Both videos have been filmed by Tommi Moilanen, who also works in TAMK as a lecturer of cinematography and lightning. The videos were edited by Ville Hakonen of Wacky Tie Films, a production company by our former students http://wackytie.fi.

Fanni & I at the Showroom Berliini

The exhibition is up until 10.9.2016 in Showroom Berliini, so give it a visit if you are there!
http://www.showroomberliini.com/showing-now/4591493496.

The Breath work will be shown later this fall in TAMK Kino at Mediapolis.


Text: Moe Mustafa, TAMK Art & Media student
Images: Fanni Niemi-Junkola, Tommi Moilanen


During my last week in the amazing city of Berlin and within all the art and cultural happenings,

I was pleased to meet with our head of Fine Art study path, FanniNiemi-Junkola; presenting her new video work. The installation The Body and Protection consists of two video works Breath and Protection (2016). The artist is interested in presence, body and power & notions of freedom and safety. 



The moment I received her invitation via Facebook I messaged her immediately and I asked if I can come in the pre-opening night due to my travelling back to Finland in the day of the opening 17.8.2016. She was very welcoming of the idea and invited me to the gallery.

The work itself was very intriguing and thought-provoking. The music was composed by Pekko Käppi – a master of ancient Finnish-Karelian bowed lyre - It added to the diverse layers of the work and supported the images. Cinematically the videos were carefully planned and pictorially impressive, that made it pleasing to watch. Both videos were filmed by Tommi Moilanen, who also works in TAMK as a lecturer of cinematography and lightning. The videos were edited by Ville Hakonen of Wacky Tie Films, a production company by our former students http://wackytie.fi.

The exhibition is up until 10.9.2016 in Showroom Berliini, so give it a visit if you are there!
http://www.showroomberliini.com/showing-now/4591493496.

The Breath work will be shown later this fall in TAMK Kino at Mediapolis.


Text: Moe Mustafa, TAMK Art & Media student

Mediapolis

Almost 30 exchange students have now arrived at the TAMK Mediapolis campus, and they were greeted by Sohvi Sirkesalo, our International Coordinator.

Sohvi Sirkesalo (left), with exchange students

This fall, we have exchange people from Germany, Lebanon, South Korea, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, even Mexico and Uruguay, to name a few.

Lake Tohloppi

The Finnish weather was behaving exceptionally well, and let's hope some students will find the nice paths and beaches at Lake Tohloppi, and the public beach sauna!


Text and photos by Carita Forsgren, 2016